Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Colonial Knob Ultimate Stair Workout

Porirua, Wellington

Submitted by Richele McKenzie

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 10

Gnarl Factor: 19








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Very hilly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.1%


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Run clockwise for an excellent uphill stair workout to the lookout, followed by a gentle downhill experience on Te Ara Utiwai. Anticlockwise you run up Te Ara Utiwai to the lookout, then head down the Colonial Knob Walkway for knee-jarring stairs. Times will vary depending on which option you take. This is a good introduction for Wild Things who are not quite ready for the All the Hills trail.

Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve and the adjacent Porirua Scenic Reserve protect the most significant area of native forest left in the Tawa–Porirua Basin. Excellent views from the lookout.

There is a carpark for approx 12 cars, otherwise plenty of roadside parking.

2 km

5 minutes




The tracks are signposted at the top and bottom of the hill.

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Toilets by Elsdon Youth Camp are available for public use.

The lookout can be exposed to cold winds.

The stairs can be slippery when wet.
Keep alert for mountain bikes on Te Ara Utiwai.

Columbus Coffee
Mitre 10 Mega, 2 Semple Street, Porirua
Good coffee and cake.

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Jacqui Haggland

has completed Colonial Knob Ultimate Stair Workout 5 times in the last year.

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This course is actually longer than I’ve measured - it’s a bit of a GPS black hole.

Richele McKenzie

March 22, 2022

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